Doxapram hydrochloride is a respiratory stimulant used in situations of ventilatory failure when artificial ventilation is contraindicated.
It should only be given under expert supervision.
It is a drug with some serious side effects, including epilepsy and hepatic impairment.
It should not be given where there is severe hypertension, status asthmaticus, coronary artery disease or thyrotoxicosis.
Last reviewed 01/2018